Weekly Weight: 213.8 lbs

The Scale: October 15th, 2021

Good morning my darlings and welcome to another weekly weigh in. again, slowly but surely I am nibbling away at the weight. It isn’t a massive weight loss I grant you and it isn’t a quick loss either. But you know, I’m kind of happy with that.

I know a part of me wants to drink a magic potion and wake up the next morning at my target healthy weight, or at least somewhere in that range as I don’t actually have a set number. But it just doesn’t work that way. Kind of a bummer and totally not what celeb photos make you think, but it is the reality.

And honestly, if I did have a massive dramatic weight loss I think I would go to my doctor’s office and camp out on his steps until they did tests on everyone of my internal organs. Because that is not right.

the way I figure it, it took me a while to put on all of this extra weigh, so it is going to take me a while to take it off again. As long as I keep working towards a healthier me, I am happy with it.

You may wonder why I feel the need to say that as after all I did have a loss this week and not a gain. I ran into a couple of people I hadn’t seen in a while. I should point out that they aren’t close friends. I know them, but we don’t really hang out, even before the mess that was 2020 occurred. They were just people I know well enough to be polite to in public. After the greetings and how have you beens we split up and a couple of women split off to go in a separate direction and they made a snide comment weight.

Now I should point out it might not have been directed at me. While I have been on an up and down rollercoaster, a couple of the people I was with added a bit more weight in the past year as normal systems changed. But meant for me or not it really got me quite angry. We were in a library so yelling after them was ill advised but I thought about it. Then the librarian looked at me and I let it go.

While I am mentally at a point where those kind of comments just anger me rather than tear me down, the comment really affected one of the other women. This led to a bit of a longer conversation outside than I planned, but it was well worth it.

So I just wanted to take a moment and remind all of you out there that your weight, gain, loss, neither or both are part of your health. And unless you share it with someone, then it is no one else’s business. If you are losing weight for yourself then it is your journey to go on. Take people with you if you want. In a sense these posts are me taking you all along with me and sharing some of the details i pick up that might help you out along your own journey. But don’t let another persons opinions about your path tear you down.

And conversely if you see someone who is working to lose weight, unless invited in to talk to them leave them alone. I’ve had people offer me comments I know that they thought were uplifting and positive but they aren’t always taken the way you intend them.

For example I was on a walk once towards the very beginning of my weight loss plan. I hadn’t lost anything and was still actually trying to convince my bod that the hill on the walking trail wouldn’t actually kill me. For the first month or so I had visions of a Jack and Jill sort of scenario with that hill. Minus Jack of course. However on the first day I managed to make it up to the top of the hill without feeling like I needed to just utterly collapse a sweet old woman on a bicycle stopped to talk to me.

“I just love to see obese people exercising, well done.”

First of all I don’t care how medically accurate the word obese is, you don’t say it to a total stranger. It is the sort of word that gets stuck in a persons head and circles around for far too long. Second what do you say to that?

“I love seeing old ladies on bicycles so i know their knees still work?”

Of course not. Besides I was too stunned to actually reply before she was off on her bike and waving merrily at me as she left. And I know she felt good about offering the comment. I know she thought she was being encouraging. That she did a good thing.

She didn’t.

She made me cry.

When I was feeling good about getting up the hill.

So seriously, unless invited to comment, don’t. You’d think that would just be good manners, but apparently it isn’t. Juet recognize that it isn’t any of your business and let it go. And if you are the recipient of such comments, know that their comments, good of ill, have more to say about the person making them than they do about you.

Okay that was a bit more of a rant than I planned. Essentially it can be summed up as I am happy with my current slow and steady pace. I know, a lont way to go for a simple statement. It’s just that sort of morning.

The Stats:

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last week’s Weight: 214.6 lbs

This week’s Weight: 213.8 lbs

Lost this week: 0.8 lbs

Lost thus far: 32.2 lbs

So there we have it my darlings. I am happy to be making slow and steady progress and annoyed by insensitive comments of others. the annoyance will fade as it is only a minor irritation. I know I am doing what is right for my body and I am on a path to a healthier me. And in the end, that is what really matters.


Weekly Weight: 214.6 lbs

The Scale: October 8th, 2021

Good morning my darlings and welcome to another weekly weigh in. This week, I have lost a little. I am always happy when the numbers go down. This week, I just felt really good. I am extra glad that on a week where I felt good the numbers went down, but really, I just enjoyed feeling good this week.

There were a few days where I had to play catch up due to spending large chunks of last week in the all too brief beauty of the ideal early autumn weather. I’m sure we’ll get a few more days of that, but having a string of them in a row was just too tempting to ignore.

So I spent the early part of the week making up for it. Once back on track, I got a lot done and things just sort of felt like they were clicking along. It just felt like a good week all around. Even wehen I mistimed the weather and ended up drenched and squelching my way back home.

For the record, I really hate the feel of soggy socks on my feet. Like socks so wet that you can feel the grain of every fiber in your socks pressing against your skin kind of wet. Not my favorite thing. Luckily I could peel them off and drop them straight into the washing machine once I made it through the door. So it was short term nasty.

It was also the worst moment of the week, which means over all, I had a very good week. Lets face it, if all you can complain about is ten minutes of soggy socks, its a pretty good week.

The Stats:

Starting weight: 246.0 lbs

Last week’s weight: 215.2 lbs

This week’s weight: 214.6 lbs

Lost this week: 0.6 lbs

Lost this far: 31.4 lbs

So not the greatest loss on the books, but I feel good, and sometimes that is more important. Today i feel good in my skin and I am satisfied with what I’ve accomplished this week. What a wonderful start to a Friday. I hope yours is starting off just as fantastic.

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The Daily: October 5th, 2021

Have you ever had a day where you just sort of fell into your work and time just slipped past without you noticing? That has sort of been today. This morning I nipped out on a walk before the rains came. The park had only small sections where there were deep puddles but otherwise it was clear. I’m pretty sure that is no longer the case.

As I was heading back the skies opened up and I squelched the last half mile. The last low spot I went through soaked my sneakers through and I’m pretty sure is now deep enough to not be passable. So I did get a walk in. I just got soaked in the process.

Then I dried off, changed clothes and jumped into what i was writing. And that has been my day. There was no makeup, no real e-mail and I kind of forgot lunch as well. But the story I’m working on, is fantastic.

The problem is now that I’ve taken a moment to step back and think, I am feeling the missing lunch. I can actually see the box from Tokyo Treat and all of the goodies it contains. I was planning on snacking on one of the items in it today, but I know that there will be no minor snacking. If i open one thing I will just plow through several items. So I am putting it away and going for a bunch of grapes. I figure the act of pulling them off the stem and eating them one by one will make me feel like I am eating many items (hence the reason I didn’t go for the satsuma). Its like the fruit equivalent of potato chips.

I know that sounds a little strange but that is one of the best dieting tips I know. It is definitely better not to skip meals but sometimes life gets away from you. Then it is better to stop and have a snack that feels like much more than what it is and that you can control. A box of tasty treats will just tempt me into trying multiple items. A bunch of grapes feels like a lot of items but doesn’t promote a massive caloric intake. Sometimes management is your best option.

So I am not going to be upset about missing lunch and instead celebrate what I did get done today. I am however going to manage my calories so that I don’t react to dinner like a plague of locusts. Luckily tonight we are doing our own baked potato bar so it is much easier to control. It isn’t a meal where I planned for left over portions to be used later, so that kind of saves me a well.

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Weekly Weight: 213.4 lbs

The Scale: October 1, 2021

Oh my darlings I feel good this morning. The scale is once again on the move and it has dropped. I know, it isn’t too much of a shocker as I saw the excellent weather and spent as much time walking around in it this week as I could.

It through my schedule off something fierce and I will probably have to do a bit of work this weekend to make up for it, but i can’t feel bad. The weather was nice enough that exercising just felt like being out and about enjoying myself rather than something I was forced to do to keep up with my calories in calories out ratio.

Which quite frankly is the perfect way for me to exercise. Doing things I love and enjoying them. Its been a while. With the heat and humidity walking outside has been a bit of a chore this summer. It has also required creative scheduling to avoid giving myself heat stroke.

And even for the short time where going to the gym was fine around here, it still stressed me out more than I think I realized at the time. I try to keep a basic work out diary to jot down a few thoughts about what I’m doing, why I’m doing it and how I feel about the whole thing. I keep it partially as a record but mostly because while I love seeing the numbers on the scale go down, my weight loss is about how I feel in my own skin so I like to kind of check in on that. Flipping through my notes, nearly all of my gym visits in the safe time of gym usage all contain some element of people monitoring.

Even when I felt good about the effort I was putting in and the results on the scale there was a low grade stress, first as the understandable after effects of quarantine and worsening as Delta took hold.

So it is really nice now that I can really enjoy the time spent walking outside. I think me taking advantage of the good weather will last until there is no more good weather. Hopefully it will continue to show results, and keep me happy.

To the Stats!

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last week’s Weight: 215.2 lbs

This week’s Weight: 213.4 lbs

Lost this week: 1.8 lbs

Lost over all: 32.6 lbs

So slowly we move forward. And as there is enjoyment in the moving, I really have nothing to complain about. Aren’t those the best days?


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Weekly Weight: 215.2 lbs

The Scale: September 24th, 2021

I know, some of you are filled with a sense of Deja vu. Yes, this is exactly the weight I was last week. I can’t actually be mad at it thought. Yes, I would like progress, but this week was a very rainy one and aside from my strange garbage can chase through the thunderstorm it wasn’t a very active week.

Yesterday was really the only day I got a walk in. The rest of the week I did a couple of work outs with the weights and a bit of yoga, but to be honest it was more from a sense of needing to move than it was an attempt at working out. My body just needed a little bit of motion.

I did watch my calories though. I followed my meal plan, including snacks (While I did test out the Verb Energy Bar this week, the rest of the week’s snacks were Cranberry Jalapeno Beef Sticks from Chomps. I really like the sweet heat actually).

Even though i always want that weight to go down, it is a little bit of a victory in that I managed to hold my own on a week where there was little physical exercise. I’m taking that as ,my positive to the scale stalling. I also think that it is going to be a bit of a push to get my weight lower. This is still the range where it likes to plateau so I am going to be watching and working on it. I’m not worried because I know this week wasn’t great, but I will still monitor it.

For now I am taking the didn’t gain in the rain victory. It may not be happy dance worthy, but it is a good thing nonetheless.

The Stats:

Starting weight: 246.0 lbs

Last Week’s Weight: 215.2 lbs

This week’s weight: 215.2 lbs

Change this week: 0.0 lbs

Lost thus far: 30.8 lbs

So no gains for the week and I stuck to my meal plan. There are certainly worse ways to go into a Friday. In fact, I feel pretty good going into this Friday. Part of it is the weather. I know. It is gorgeous out and the weather just calls me to go out to walk. I think this coming week, my walking workout will be more of a joy and less of a chore. And knowing that is a pretty good feeling too.

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Weekly Weight: 215.2 Lbs

The Scale: September 17th, 2021

Oh yes!  The scale moved!  Ah hahahahahaha!  And the Happy Dance Commences!  Well at least until I run into the sink and bruise myself.  It isn’t a terribly big bathroom and it is full of hard surfaces.  I should really just  wait until out of the bathroom for the happy dance to commence. 

But I am thrilled. 

I know, it isn’t a massive amount of weight but I don’t care.  In fact I am perfectly willing to slowly edge down off of the 216 plateau one little decimal point at a time if need be.  I have been circling the same weight for far too long.  And the circle includes frustration, putting weight back on and then getting back down to 216. But after two weeks sitting in the dreaded zone, the scale is moving.

And I couldn’t be happier. 

I know, it isn’t the end all be all, but it feels like a really big accomplishment right now so I am going to celebrate.  Celebration is fine.  It is when you become obsessive about the numbers that issues start.  For me, I put in the work (with one day off because of an under the weather babydoll) and I watched what I ate and it paid off.

I just need to take this as incentive to keep going.  To keep chugging along. And I will.  It is a great feling to be taking into a Friday.  The bruise from the sink, not so much.  It is a good reminder though, no dancing in the bathroom.  Or if I do, try to restrain the hips. Or at least take a little swing out of the motions.  But really if you have to restrain a happy dance, it is really the full happy dance?  No. So Scale in the bathroom, happy dance once we step back into the bedroom.  Sounds like a plan to me, especially as I plan to have several more happy dance moments in the future.

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last week’s Weight: 216.0 lbs

This week’s weight: 215.2 lbs

Lost this week: 0.8 lbs

Lost this far: 30.8 lbs

You have no idea how good it feels to record a change.  And I am going to take that feel good feeling and let it fuel my Friday.  I hope all of you have an absolutely splendiferous day.

Weekly Weight: 216.0 lbs

The Scale: September 10th, 2021

Okay, dep breath in, deep breath out.  Let any lingering frustration go.  In case you are looking at the number listed on the scale pic above and are thinking, wait, that looks familiar, yeah…It didn’t change.  I hit 216 and then had a week where I didn’t get much exercise.  The scale stayed the same.  This week, I got more exercise and watched my calories and…the scale stayed the same. 

But I am not panicking. 

Even though I put more effort in this week, I am a bit on the bloated side and I generally put on a little water weight during my period.  Usually, it is one to two pounds so there is the possibility that the equilibrium on the scale is not to be long term.  There is the possibility that it is only temporary water weight gain.

And yes I know that sounds like justification but the truth is it is me trying not to freak out about hitting the 216 plateau again and not finding a way off.  So the justification is more of a talking myself down out of potential panic mode. It’s just the 216 trigger.  This is generally where I get and then things don’t go anywhere so I freak out, give up and gain a few (or more) pounds back and have to fight it off again. 

It is a cycle I want to break.  So I am not going to be bothered that I didn’t lose weight this week, I am just going to focus on staying the course. The scale is a tool, not the end all be all. And aside from feeling a bit bloated, I actually feel pretty good this week. There was no food craving rampage and no slumping off instead of doing my exercising. I am good. I feel good and most importantly I am going to keep going and not let this slow me down.

The Stats:

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last week’s weight: 216.0 lbs

This week’s Weight: 216.0 lbs

Lost this week: 0.0 lbs

Lost this far: 30.0 lbs

Some days the scale just isn’t with you. But like I said, I feel good so I am going to go with the more holistic impression this week. Although I might keep my fingers crossed for a better scale view next Friday. The scale may not be the definitive answer, but it is nice to see it move.

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Weekly Weight: 216.0 lbs

The Scale: September 3rd, 2021

I know, it is the exact same weight as last week. I have to say i wasn’t expecting a loss this week. I built in some activity into my day, but it was raining and flooding in my are for most of the week so a lot of my normal fitness activities were out.

I actually made up a bit for that yesterday with a bike ride in the first day of sun we’ve seen in a bit and that may have helped. This morning my thighs are incredibly sore. I think it is harder to look at a scale that hasn’t changed in a week when your body is aching from exercise than it is when you just knew you were a bit of a schlub all week.

If I wasn’t sore i think I’d just be happy that I didn’t gain anything. Admittedly if i weren’t sore i might have actually gained something and my bike ride yesterday was what tipped the weight back into balance.

I can’t actually complain because lets face it, with the rain i didn’t really put the work in this week. The only reason it is a big deal is that I am now in the scale zone where I tend to plateau. It is generally at this point where I get stuck fluttering up and down by 0.2 lbs agonizing over every little thing until I make myself crazy and then say screw it and order pizza, and possibly wings. And then I feel sick because I am not used to having so much food and grease in my system. I gain several pounds and then give myself a stern talking to and get back on track.

I’ve seen 216 before and it is a dangerous weight for me.

I know it is a bit of an over reaction for a single no change week. And if my weight weren’t in the scary plateau zone I would be fine with it. And I am not truly unhappy with the no gain/loss this week.

Its just that plateau trigger I am watching out for. This time I’m hoping to avoid the frustration that leads to the pizza/wing spiral of doom. Not that there is anything wrong with either pizza or wings in moderation, but the doom spiral knows no moderation and must be avoided.

For now it is just a possibility. The rains left cooler temps behind that I should be able to take advantage of and with any luck skate paste the plateau before the beast senses my presence.

The Stats

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last week’s weight: 216.0 lbs

This week’s weight: 216.0 lbs

Change this week: 0.0 lbs

Lost thus far: 30 lbs

So this week was a draw. A minor miracle with my workouts dropped down to few and far between and I am over all happy. The soreness and plateau nerves just have me feeling a little wary. The feeling will pass and I will be pleased that I managed to hold my own by finessing my calorie count. A no loss week clearly isn’t the end of the world. Plus it is hard to maintain a feeling of angst in the face of a three day weekend.

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Weekly Weight: 216.0 lbs

The Scale: August 27th, 2021

Good morning and welcome to another Friday morning weigh in. This morning I am actually pretty happy with what i saw on the scale. My weight went down, which was a bit of a happy surprise. My walks this week were cut a bit short. Also while I manage to do some weights and yoga at the beginning of the week, that drifted out of my plans as I substituted morning gardening chores for actual workouts.

I knew I was sweaty at the end of my garden work but I didn’t think that I burned all that many calories. I thought I might actually remain static and just sort of hoped not to gain.

This week was interesting as we are in a strange time of year. There are many autumnal chores that need to be completed, but the summer sun is still scorching. And then there is the rain. I think I spent more time in the evenings this week trying to plan and balance the following schedule than usual. There was only so much time where it was feasible to be outside so planning was needed.

In addition I sort of did myself in a bit.

I took extra strength sleep gummies and ended up feeling draggy in the mornings without realizing why. I didn’t take them last night and this is the first morning I’ve woken up without feeling like getting out of bed was akin to pulling myself out of quicksand.

So this morning I feel surprisingly awake and ready to face the day. It’s Friday of course so there is just a lot to do followed by the weekend. It’s good to be excited about the weekend. But at least I am energized about clearing off the end of the week items from my checklist before the weekend. And I know that next week I will not face each day as draggy as I did this week.

I suppose the moral of that story is read the labels.

And if extra strength takes you down, maybe realize you don’t need extra strength. You know, once you realize that you are in fact taking the extra strength.

The stats:

Starting Weight: 246. 0 Lbs

Last Week’s Weigh: 216.8 lbs

This week’s Weight: 216.0 lbs

Lost this week: 0.8 lbs

Lost over all: 30 lbs

And so onward and upward, or at least plowing through the end of week paperwork without feeling half asleep. Happy Friday everyone!

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Weekly Weight: 216.8 lbs

The Scale: August 20th, 2021

Good morning one and all, once again it seems my weight is on the decline.  It’s actually a bit surprising really.  Walks this week have been hit or miss.  I mostly had my fingers crossed that I would break even.  So the loss was actually a lovely Friday morning surprise.

This week has been random as far as workouts go.  The rain kept me inside for a lot of the week.  The park flooding kept me off the walking trail when the rain stopped. It was hand weights and indoor exercising for the most part.  Five pound dumbbells and my wrap around leg weights for the most part.

I have to say I really had fun with the leg weights.  Well the workouts with them weren’t ‘fun’ exactly.  What was fun was that I decided to leave them on for a bit as I went through my day.  So I had them on when I went to get coffee or to pick up the mail, or to make sure my garden was draining properly instead of becoming a swamp. Then in the late afternoon I took the leg weights off and felt like I was floating.  That part was fun.

It was an immediate weight loss. 

It also reminded me of how good it feels to lose actual weight. 

Which I also did this week. At least in a small increment.

The Stats:

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last week’s weight: 217.2 lbs

This week’s weight: 216.8 lbs

Lost this week: 0.4 lbs

Lost over all: 29.2 lbs

Amusingly enough the weight I lost this week was exactly the same amount of weight I gained last week.  Well, it’s amusing this week.  It will be less amusing if the back and forth becomes habit.  But that is not a thought I will entertain.  For that path leads to despair. And I am not in the mood for despair. I’m in far too good a mood for that.  So I am going to take the loss and roll into my day.  I feel certain that today is going to be a good one.  I feel certain yours is going to be fabulous as well.